Aug. 15, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - In their first action of 2014, the UNLV women's soccer took to the field in an exhibition contest against Evansville on Friday night, and the two teams played to a 1-1 tie. With a three 30-minute period setup, both of the goals came in the opening period, and neither team could find a second score on a hot night at Peter Johann Memorial field in front of over 200 fans.
Junior midfielder Denali Murnan scored the night's first goal less then six minutes into the game. With the ball on the Aces' side of the field and the Rebels pushing the attack, Murnan came down the middle and launched a hard shot from 30 yards out that found the back of the net, just above the reach of Evansville goalkeeper Simone Busby. That put UNLV ahead 1-0.
Evansville tied the game in the 23rd minute when Browyn Boswell took advantage of a misplay between the Rebel goalkeeper and defender, and would score on an empty net from close range. That knotted the score at 1-1, and that would remain the final score.
Both teams took advantage of the exhibition setting to play numerous players, with the Rebels putting in a total of 27 players into the game. The night ended with both teams taking 10 shots apiece. Four goalies saw time for UNLV, with Jessie Clark and Emily Casale both making two saves each.
"It was great that we got to play everyone tonight, and I think we had a lot of questions answered," said UNLV head coach Chris Shaw. "We still have some things to figure out, which groupings work best, what is our best starting 11, but it was good to see how we would react against another opponent. Overall I am happy with how we played tonight, and we can build on this next week leading into next Friday's game."
The Rebels will return to action with their season opener on Friday, Aug. 22, when they host Northern Arizona at 7 pm in the second game of the UNLV Rebel Classic, held at Johann Field.